I have held a couple of jobs in my short yet young life. I have not so much as hated a one particular job but rather didn’t like a certain conditions or a particular person, but at Western Inventory I recall too many things that were unpleasant, intolerable and unbearable. The first job I ever had, that I recall I hated the most was working at Western Inventory Service where I worked for roughly about three years. It isn’t a classy job and it isn’t the cleanest one either. There are times you get really dirty from crawling on the floors of the stores or in the storage areas and back rooms where dust just loves to live so by the time you were finished you looked like a magnet for dust bunnies. The extensive traveling, immature coworkers and the lousy malfunctioning machinery used are good enough reasons never ever to work for Western Inventory Service.
Traveling in and out of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and other neighboring states at the wee hours of the morning was mortifying. I had to be at work as early as four AM due to the extensive traveling. Even though the company provided the means for transportation I had to suffer the nonfunctioning heat or air conditioning, as well as the vulgar language of my fellow coworkers due to lousy music or broken radio. Now even if I returned back to Philadelphia around say midnight or later I was still required to be at work again in the morning around four.
On certain occasions my boss or manager would feel sorry for us and give us the morning off, but we still had to work that night. Sometimes we traveled as far as North Carolina so that meant we had to stay in a hotel, the company apparently paid for rooms. Even though we were some what close to the store we still would have to report for work at four in the morning because for some reason we always ended up staying at least an hour or two away from the store. Stores like Kohl’s, Superfresh, Shoprite, Dollar Tree or Dollar Express, Kay Jewelers, Spain’s, Ames, Home Depot, and Lowes and Food Lion are some of the stores inventory was taken at.
Not only were my coworkers resentful of each other they were a vicious and scornful group of people. They got their kicks off of mocking, teasing or cursing at you and even went as far talking trash about your family and friend to your face. The favorite topic all the time was about sex, and one another’s sexual experiences or expectations. One day Gloria decided to talk about Dario’s genitalia. Poor Dario was so embarrassed that he didn’t come back to work after that incident.
There was another time when Eva beat the crap out of Tina after work for just talking trash about her to another coworker. Now Eva and Tina were very good friends they knew each other from being next door neighbors for over ten years, so of course they knew each others very well as well as some secrets. Eva let all the coworkers and the customers in the store know that Tina was sleeping with the John the district manager while John’s wife Monica our manager was there. Now of course this incident caused John and Monica’s marriage problems, but they later found out that the whole unpleasant incident was bogus.
The machines used to take the inventory were never charged up or there were some technical issue with it. The two types of machines that were used were an NDI or a Wizard these machines were basically huge keyboards. I have to admit I was pretty efficient on both the machines. As I was counting the merchandise in one of Pathmark’s freezers for an hour one day my NDI started to malfunction. Regardless to say I had to get another NDI and redo all that I had done for the past hour.
Now I was really upset because I had to go back into the walk-in freezer and redo all I had done an hour ago. I remember there was this one time when Evelyn was doing the greeting card section in a Spains her Wizard started to double up all the cards she had counted. She hadn’t realized what was going on so she went about counting the rest of the store. As we were wrapping up the store the store manager Phillip said to Tammie the inventory manager that there is a mistake with several sections. So regardless to say we had spent an extra three hours fixing up the mistakes made by Evelyn’s Wizard.
I started to realize how drastically my language and behavior began to change. Eventually, I could take no more of the insane conditions and work environment of the company and coworkers and graciously resigned. I later realized I must have been outlandishly stupid for staying at this job for more than a month even though the salary was great like coming home every two weeks with fifteen hundred to eighteen hundred dollars an hour. I couldn’t let myself turn out to be as low and disgraceful as the other employees. My parents taught me better than that.